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Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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I also find the stories and introductions interesting, and true to Vietnamese traditions. They are similar to the stories I have heard in Vietnam. I have an American husband, and we love to read these stories together, so that he can understand more about Vietnamese society. He also loves the dishes that I have prepared from the cookbook.
This is by far the most comprehensive, well-written, througough, authentic Vietnamese cookbook I have ever seen. If you want to know more about Vietnamese cuisine, it is a must-have!
1) "Guide To Ingredients" at the back of the book. The names of the ingredients are both in English & Vietnamese so that you can read labels on jars/bottles/packages that have been written in Vietnamese. Detailed descriptions of all the common ingredients used in Vietnamese cooking are included, including how best to use them and which brands are the best. There is a great section about the difference between rice papers that are made from 100% rice flour and rice papers that are made from a combination of rice flour and tapioca flour. This author tells you which type of rice paper is better...very helpful information.Read more ›
This is an excellent book for novice cooks as well as experienced cooks. If you have never tried making Vietnamese food at home it is the first Vietnamese cookbook you should own. It is clear and concise. I love that it has a glossary with how to pronounce the ingredient correctly, that makes shopping a whole lot easier. I was really pleased to find a chapter on Charcuterie. In a Vietnamese/Asian grocery you will see these foil wrapped frozen rolls and know that they are used in Pho or Bahm Mi but they are hard to interpret. Now I can make my own.
Some highlights so far have been the incredible corn and coconut fritters, I made a quadruple batch for a party 2 weeks ago and guests were gobbling them up as quickly as I could get them out of the skillet. The shrimp toasts are lighter and crisper than restaurant versions, I made the cucumber and shrimp salad on Thursday evening. The veggies in it are still crisp and when I had more for lunch today the flavors were even better. The Cha Gio I made for the same party disappeared quickly, you just cannot have too many of those things and make a bunch and freeze some to have on hand later. I love stuffed squid and her tip about piercing the tail end with a skewer as a steam vent took all of the frustration of trying to keep the filling in the squid body. Next on my list is her deviled crab. I've not had the book long and pages are already getting spatters. If you are a fan of Asian cooking your cookbook collection is sadly lacking if you don't have this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the most wonderful cookbook! I love it! I recently made Banh Chung (Sticky Rice Cakes). for the Chinese New Year coming up in February. I never made these before.... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Barbara Gabbe-harris
I bought this as a gift and was very angry to hear that pages 9-24 were missing!!! Who sells a cookbook with missing pages?!?!Published 15 days ago by sarah d.
I spent a month traveling around Vietnam eating some of the most delicious food that I have ever had. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Laoshi
I knew this was the right purchase when I saw this same cookbook sitting on my Vietnamese friend's Mom's kitchen counter. :PPublished 26 days ago by Courtney Dietzmann
Love this book. It's my go to for looking for Vietnamese dishes.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It has so many delicious recipes. But the only disappointment is that there was not a lot of pictures and I personally love cookbook with picturesPublished 3 months ago by Judy Dodson
I love this cookbook in part because she is a local but more so because she has excellent tips for the wannabe Asian foodie. Down to earth, unpretentious and great recipes.Published 3 months ago by Bico
This is the best book on Vietnamese cooking that I own. I was so fascinated by the story of her family's escape from Saigon to the USA and their lives in the LA area that I was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas Hackett